The Detroit News is reporting that Ford will recall some 370,000 Crown Victoria (pictured), Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles from model years 2005 through 2011, for an issue regarding the lower intermediate steering shaft. 355,000 of the vehicles in question were sold in the US, with the other 15,000 sold in Canada.

The report indicates that corrosion of the lower intermediate steering shaft could cause a "loss of steering," presumably because of a partial or complete failure of the part. The report points out the dealers will inspect and replace the offending steering component for recalled cars, and may also secure a lower steering column bearing and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft as needed. The company is unaware of any reports of the faulty part causing any accidents or injuries.

Ford helpfully lists states in which corrosion is more likely to have taken place, mostly in the Snow Belt, as you might guess. Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia are listed.

The Detroit News also quotes a Ford spokeswoman saying, "Customers located in other states who routinely operate their vehicles in one of these areas, or customers who have concerns regarding their steering, will also be able to have their vehicles inspected and repaired if necessary."



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      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Watch out cops and taxi drivers!
      ERNSTEVERYTHING
      • 1 Year Ago
      perfect... will keep 370,000 old people off the roads.. ! for a short space of time..
      Todor Angelov
      • 1 Year Ago
      Last great American limo!!!
      hgeorgech
      • 1 Year Ago
      226,000 of 'em being taxis and police vehicles ... still in service
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      Shirley
      • 1 Year Ago
      Never was a Ford person, but bought a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. Runs good, but have had a trouble with the lights just going off at night. MY MAIN PROBLEM IS THE AIR CONDITIONER DOESN'T BLOW OUT THE VENTS. SURE DON'T THINK I SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS PROBLEM SINCE IT IS A FORD AND MERCURY PROBLEM. I KNOW OF SEVERAL PEOPLE THAT HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. WE NEED A RECALL ON THIS PROBLEM. I see there is a recall on the steering. Where do I take my car to get it fixed?
      • 1 Year Ago
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      aatbloke1967
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a soft spot for the Panther series and love my old P71 I'm restoring for my own car collection.
      amerifight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its crazy to me that there is a random recall for a vehicle that has been around for so many years.
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @amerifight
        It's not a random recall. Loss of steering is no joke. These are for 2005-11 model years, old platform but these vehicles are hardly 10 years old and have potential for steering failure. Right call.
          KG363
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cruising
          I don't think he meant that it was unnecessary, just that it was unexpected because it's such an old and tested platform that is known for straightforwardness and reliability.
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Found Out Rust Daily
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow...Ford customers got the shaft !
      soulja boy394
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the panthers
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